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Wednesday's Word: Wipe Your Feet

Wednesday's Word

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wipe Your Feet



I believe that a true delivery of The Gospel is to be completely saturated by Grace. Mustering it should only be as hard a task as looking into the mirror and realizing that even with your darkest days behind you, not one single day yet before you could find you deserving of something so wondrous; that The Darling of Heaven would subject Himself to such a low, pitiful estate to secure your ransom.
I can confidently say that a presentation of The Gospel lacking a preponderance of grace is no proper presentation at all.

But then there’s this other thing;

When you read the Bible, look at both sides of the message. Look deeply at how each is presented. The Gospel message is free, and sufficient, and the clearest expression of a loving God that no man can ever boast in anything but it’s universal application to all who would humbly receive it.

Now look at the message of sanctification – growing in righteousness. This is the appropriate response of appreciation that comes from highly valuing not only the fact that a Sovereign God would, but the lengths He went to - What it cost Him personally to redeem us.

When you enter The Door, you wipe your feet
Out of respect for the place that you’ve entered.
You don’t dishonor that you’ve been invited
Or prove yourself a rebellious dissenter.

The fact that you’re able to walk through the door
Can hardly be attributed to merit
For if you were able to see the filth of your sin
For certain you’d not be able to bear it.

Look down at your feet and the rug that you’ve trampled
Now spotted and splattered with grime
Reminiscent of the sin we took pleasure in
Yet, unable to pay for our crime.

As we wipe our feet, God wipes our slate
Our crimson is purged, white as snow
There’s an expectation of appreciation
That we’d walk in the truth we now know.

Yet many continue and keep getting into
The temptations and trappings of sin
They come back to the rug, with a nonchalant shrug
Wiping again and again

God gave us His Spirit, that we should walk in it
To give us the strength to resist
To become children of light, in power and might
Reach for perfection. Persist!

Let’s not cheapen this Grace, as we all run our race
Until the perfection of our Faith is complete
Let’s honor the cost of inconceivable loss
And remember what it cost to wipe our feet.

Here's The Word:


John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Hebrews 10:22 - 24 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Hebrews 10:26 - 27 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Remember, I'm all about the proper context of Bible verses, and with the one from Hebrews, I'm not trying to get into a theological debate about losing salvation (which I don't believe is possible).
However, I am drawing simple attention the Bibles emphasis on how valuable salvation is and how continuing in sin is not compatible with it. No, none of us will ever be perfect this side of Heaven but it should most certainly be our goal. Meaning, we shouldn't look at sin as something so flippant, like an occupational hazard. But we should give every effort(in the strength of The Spirit) to eradicating it from our lives.

It's a wonderful thing, this salvation we've been given and we absolutely need Christ to clean us up, but it needs to be proclaimed and appreciated, not cheapened underfoot. If God tells us not to cast our pearls before swine (Mt 7:6) you can best believe that He doesn't do it with His pearl of such a great price!


In Him,
Cros

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